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Self-Advocacy: The Power of a Child’s Voice

Tamara Fisher

As coordinators, parents, teachers, and counselors, we often find ourselves in the position of advocating for the gifted youngsters in our lives. Yet, at some point, they will need to know how to advocate for themselves. How can we nurture this important life skill and foster a life-long willingness to tactfully speak up for their own learning needs? Is it possible to teach gifted students to speak up without them seeming arrogant about their abilities? Topics covered in this presentation will include strategies for developing this important skill in gifted youth and discussion about the appropriateness of self-advocacy.

The Organized Child: Building Executive Function

Georgia Bozeday, EdD

Are organizational issues getting in the way of your child being successful? If so, please join us for this presentation on how Executive Function skills impact student performance across all subject areas in school, and what parents can do to help their children develop these skills.

Dr. Bozeday will present an overview of current research from neuroscience describing the impact of the 21st Century influences on students today. Additionally, this presentation will provide parents with practical strategies from the field of Executive Functions to help them guide students at home. Discussion will primarily include strategies for organization and time-management.

To Test Or Not To Test: 

The “When,” “What,” “How,” and “Who” of Testing Your Gifted Child

Hollie Sobel

Gifted children can be complicated.  One definition of giftedness labels them with a learning difference.  The key to educating them, and sometimes living with them, can be understanding the nature of that difference.  Often testing is the answer, though there are many tests and getting the right ones is vital in order to get useful answers. 

This roundtable will help you understand:
o When it might be helpful to take your child in for testing
o What kinds of testing is available and what questions each test attempts to answer
o How testing results can be used to impact educational outcomes or familial relationships
o How to seek a good assessment of your gifted child

Homeschooling gifted: Exploring resources and communities of learning

Leslie Contos

If you are homeschooling or considering homeschooling your gifted child, come and learn about local and online resources that can support your family’s academic, social, and emotional needs.  Connect to the wider gifted homeschool community, to communities of learning that will spark passions, and explore and share resources with other attendees. 

Fostering Creativity in Your Gifted Child

Rhoda Rosen

Creativity is a much bandied about term in the world of 21st century education and industry. Rosen sifts through multiple theories and definitions of creativity from a variety of fields to identify its essential characteristics. She helps parents understand which of those qualities can be nurtured in the home and why it is important to do so.

Lessons from the Practice Room: Problem-Solving Your Own Self-Care

Jen Merrill

Successful musicians develop the ability to take a step back from their playing and isolate problems in the music so they can formulate a plan to solve those problems and improve. Parents of gifted and twice-exceptional kids can learn those same skills to objectively isolate problems in their self-care and fill those gaps, allowing them to better do the heavy lifting of parenting and advocating. Drawing from her background as a flutist, teacher, and homeschooling parent of a twice-exceptional son, Jen will share tips on how to isolate the rough spots and develop a practice plan to improve your self-care.

Gifted In Illinois - What's New 

Carolyn Welch and Eric Calvert

While Illinois trails many other states in creating an educational policy framework that supports high-ability students, there have been positive developments recently. This session will provide an overview of the legislative landscape in Illinois as it relates to gifted education, including the history of state funding and the impact of its elimination. New requirements and opportunities to better support gifted students, created by the Every Student Succeeds Act and state laws dealing with acceleration policies, visibility of data on IL State Report Card, and the growth of high-ability students, will also be highlighted.

Asynchrony, Intensity, Overexcitability, Oh My!

"Asynchrony, intensity, and overexcitability may be three hallmark attributes of children on the high end of the academic spectrum. These attributes, however, are often misunderstood or misinterpreted by educators, leading them to see these children as behavior problems. On top of that, traditional behavior management techniques often have little or no impact.

We will explore what these behaviors look like in home and classroom settings, why the children act as they do, and discover ways these traits can be used to foster positive rather than negative behavior.

It is our job as educators and parents to understand how these attributes manifest and the social and emotional impact these attributes have on home and school."


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